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  2. Hi Alice, thanks for your comments - and thanks for highlighting this for others. I'm really sorry that the disclaimer did not adequately warn you for the content of the questions. Also - I would agree with your comment about bias towards stereotypical/male autism traits. I can be sure to include this as a limitation in my write up. This is definitely a major drawback to a correlational questionnaire type study - it cannot accurately reflect the diversity of individual experience. Thanks again for taking part.
  3. Hi StarlessEclipse - thanks for commenting - the survey is for any adult who self report a normal or above IQ. Sorry that this wasn't clear.
  4. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    There is a paradox here that is very weird. Never have musicians had such an opportunity to produce awesome music and publish on a minute budget. If I wanted I could add software to my synth, autotune my vocals or just use the latest technology. No need to be taken by a record label and hire a studio. Yet ironically just at the time of most opportunity, the opposite effect took place. People stopped learning piano, bass, guitar or even synth. They figured auto chords and software eliminated that requirement. Record labels disappeared as did vinyl albums and incomes for streamlined bands. As more and more dross was produced by ex-cons or talentless joy riders, the overall quality of pop and rock sank as more talented bands were just eclipsed in a sea of fast downloads and X Factor superficiality. The old saying goes "necessity is the mother of invention". Anything made easy and requiring little effort tends to create mediocrity. Challenge on the other hand inspires imagination and creativity. Given most sixties groups had to rely on guitar, bass, keys and a drum kit, they had to develop strong vocal skills and contrived effects (backward tape feedback or bottle neck and slide). I find inventiveness in the analogue studios still outdoes digital pads and software due to authenticity. So there is a paradox here. For pop music to be good ever again we need a competitive market of elite bands and a musically aware population of consumers. If that will ever return is hard to say.
  5. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    What logically discourages me from music is not the money aspect but the lack of interest and awareness in society. The penny dropped months ago when the track A Day In The Life was switched off a factory radio (after hours of modern slush and American rap). That told me what a Rolling Stone already stated - "Neither The Beatles or Rolling Stones would have made any impact today." The idea of being a musician is to share inspiration with others which means being around the same vibe. If the public isn't musically inclined or just accustomed to synthetic chewing gum music, any experimental musician is wasting his or her time. In the past this has happened to a lesser degree where Pet Sounds was initially rated poorly and EMI dropped John Denver. These days it is just so much worse because society is bogged down with download audio that never changes direction. Plus it says nothing and has no connection to popular movements - even akin to Bob Geldoff's Feed The World famine awareness. I chat to younger people a lot and hand on heart can say they can't debate music. I will play them some Jefferson Airplane track and they find this odd. Why dig up music per se if everybody else is ignoring it? Why not just like what the pack follows as the latest trend? Surely music is like a TV soap add that vaguely catches 25 per cent of your attention as you send a text message? Well, I recall how I used to skip school as a kid, wander up town and go into Boots. There they literally had shelves packed with cassette and vinyl albums. All were grouped. People actively browsed the big names of punk, new wave and even reggae bands.
  6. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    The 1970s had a few prog jazz musicians like Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays. Lyle has packed in music despite his legendary talent. He now does architecture because music was not practical and profitable. Stanley Clarke I thought was really good. I also found and downloaded Escalator Over The Hill from 1970 - a strange double prog jazz album.
  7. Joie6

    looking for friends

    Hi @renee87 and welcome. I hope you will meet new friends here
  8. Please be warned its a very intense survey. It was upsetting for me - I didnt realise how much it would be so based on the disclaimer. I wouldnt have done it in hindsight. Everyone is different, just have to further forewarn @StarlessEclipse the info says it is for any adult with a normal IQ It does seem very bias towards more stereotypical and male autism traits though
  9. Peridot

    looking for friends

  10. renee87

    looking for friends

    hello I'm a 31 year old female that lives in Georgia. I was diagnosed with autism back in 2014. I have difficulty making friends.im looking to meet some new people and make some friends.
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  12. StarlessEclipse

    Autism, social media & quality of life research

    If the emphasis of the study is on adults with a self-reported low IQ, as your leaflet appears to suggest, then I suspect the majority of people here won't be able to help you.
  13. StarlessEclipse

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    You aren't just blinded by nostalgia. As a 21-year-old with no possible nostalgic bias towards decades I didn't live through, it's self-evident that mainstream music today is more banal, homogeneous and dumbed down than at any other point in the recording industry's relatively brief history. All scientific research into the subject clearly indicates that mainstream popular music has suffered a drastic and measurable decline in terms of melody, harmony, rhythmic complexity, timbral diversity, lyrical intelligence and dynamic range over the past fifty years. An alarming percentage of what we hear on mainstream pop radio is written and produced to order by the same clique of four corporate songwriters. On public transport, it's becoming infuriatingly common for kids & teenagers to blast music loudly out of smartphone speakers with no regard for those around them; invariably bland, ugly, soulless, generic, manufactured trash. However, the most interesting thing is that they never, ever listen to any one track from beginning to end. They'll play one song for ten seconds, then move onto the next for another ten seconds, then another, then play a game for 20 seconds, then watch the first few seconds of a YouTube video before getting bored, and so on. Irritating though they are, I can't help but feel sorry for the profound damage inflicted upon their attention spans. I must admit, I was surprised to discover that even the early to mid '70s fit into the wider pattern of decline, but then again my love for that era is largely down to the progressive rock & jazz fusion scene, so it would make sense that my perception of what was mainstream at the time is somewhat distorted. The corporate crackdown on creative freedom first becomes noticeable to me around 1977. It's perhaps not so apparent at such an early stage in more conventional rock acts, but if you're a prog fan, you'll surely have noticed that an uncanny number of the genre's major pioneers very abruptly ran out of steam around 1977 and 1978, producing listless, uninspired albums which strain for conciseness and simplicity, quite obviously against the sincere inclinations of their creators. Speaking of George Harrison, he notably spent a large portion of the '80s on hiatus from the music industry after being treated appallingly by Warner Bros. during the recording of his "Somewhere in England" album. If even someone of his status could be pushed around, what hope would an experimental band with a smaller cult following have? Fundamentally, corporate greed is to blame.
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  15. collectingrocks

    Bullying in the workplace

    I am too old to jack my job in and there are no jobs in my specialist line of work at my grade - I've checked for a year. 20 years ago I might have done but much of the job market is ageist. In my line of work, employers want young people at basic grade so they can stay on lower wages. There is also too much at stake for me to walk out, including the reputation I have built up over the years. And if I walk out (like others have done), the bully wins and picks his next target No, I've had enough and I now have some courage to speak up and fight back
  16. Dr-David-Banner

    Neuroatypical vs autistic/aspie

    I started to get quite good at analysing subtle expression and interaction. For years I just imagined superficially I appeared like other people but gradually I noticed more. Eyes alone can tell you a lot. Neurotypical people tend to reach out communicatively via expression and their eyes. They smile easily or express emotion. They don't have to think how to react or smile. You can watch someone in a conversation and you can see the "click" of connecting, the tone of voice, body posture, reaction of others. It's really similar to a resonant frequency. The really fascinating thing is noting how the same people react to me in similar conversations. I notice we talk or joke but that "click" just doesn't happen. The easy way to describe what I mean is to imagine 3 adults and one child together. The adults you notice all communicate to the child as "outside". One thing that fascinates me is the women I know will chat with me but their face and mood is kind of guarded or a bit strained. Should another neurotypical appear with a shopping bag, instantly this changes. The person totally relaxes, smiles broadly and suddenly I disappear off their radar. I repeat again: the movie Carnival Of Souls 1960s totally fascinated me mainly due to this. It described being unable to be seen by others for periods or partly seen. To me the connection happens but some deeper communication or recognition is missing. I see it like an invisible wall or like a frequency that is off resonance somehow. These autism/asperger symptoms I have very strong due to non acceptance and trauma during childhood. So, should children be on the autism spectrum yet be treated with intolerance at early age, the effect is you "withdraw" much more. You can become so cut off from reality outside that a whole lot of your psychological development can be "locked down". The only plus I can pull out of the hat is that AS is easier to fathom when the symptoms are stronger and kind of stare you in the face. Yes, neurotypicals act very differently. Many were accepted as normal from early childhood and through school where they often made friends, dated and were admired. All their life they share with others as part of a group yet have less identity left to enhance their own ego. Personally despite many miserable, harrowing experiences wrapped up in autism, I think being HFA can lead to clear advantages over neurotypicals (if you can conquer those feelings of isolation and anxiety). That took me many years and after a prolonged breakdown in the 1980s. Now I see knowledge, awareness and self therapy as the key.
  17. Peridot

    The New Guy

    Well, a declining ability to empathize would be odd to me because I think that if you are autistic this inability would have been a constant. I think the opposite where the empathy increases over time would be more probable in the case of autism. But that's just what I think. I am not an expert. I think a diagnosis might be helpful as it may e.g. show your wife the root cause (in the case you are autistic) which would provide clarity. Anyway, welcome on here and I hope either the problems in your marriage get fixed or, in the case it ends, that you are able to cope emotionally during the divorce and eventually are able to move on.
  18. Dr-David-Banner

    George Harrison Slammed Modern Pop

    Jefferson Airplane - mid sixties. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myVzaR8cmDA "AHHH the ERA.... the memories.... you have not lived if you haven't lived in this era... Care free and tripping on peace :-)....."
  19. Introduction: Hello, I'm Elly and I'm a Psychology student at University of East London. I also have a sibling with autism. I'm looking for participants to take part in an online survey about social media use in adults with autism. About the research: - I'm investigating the relationship between social media use and quality of life in adults with autism. - Social media is a widely debated topic but its use among adults with autism is less understood. - I want to find out how adults with autism use social media and whether it has the capacity to impact positively on their lives. - Any adult (autism diagnosis or not) can take part in the study as I require a range of responses. - The study is an online questionnaire which is completely anonymous. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes to complete (please see link below). - The questionnaire has fixed responses so if you have any other additional comments about the topic then I would love to hear them below. - The research has been ethically approved by the supervisory board at UEL. Contact details: If you have any questions or would like more information, don't hesitate to comment below or get in touch at u1725912@uel.ac.uk Survey Link: https://uelpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eYcaO2gqaZXmZ3T Many thanks in advance Elly
  20. Aspergolfer

    People Who Have Been Mean to You/Bullied You

    The best way to approach anyone is from a stance of love and peace. Jesus said to love God with all our being and others as ourselves. Bless the person who curses you, be kind to the one who is unkind to you and always forgive when you are wronged.
  21. Dr-David-Banner

    Releasing My Track

    Maybe it's different in other geographical region but where I am the focus of life is work and relationships. One or two people I know like to take regular holidays abroad. Somehow though it seems to me something has gone wrong. I recall John Lennon opened up later in life how his school never directed him towards arts. He was pushed into the concept of having to be a plumber or gas-fitter or painter. This is how it is where I live where men are supposed to carry a drill and spanner and drive a van. Beyond that is nothing any deeper. Not sure if anyone here ever saw the movie Educating Rita. It was about a working class girl who wanted to do drama and English lit at uni. There she meets a lecturer who coaches her through essay writing and tutorials. What happens is a big rift opens up between her and her family and boyfriend. Awareness of art creates friction and end of a relationship. Educating Rita is a movie that suggest life without art is a pretty colourless life at that. Anyway it just seems even more the case society just revolves around work, money, facebook, relationships and generally robotic existence.
  22. Ben

    Bullying in the workplace

    Always have an up to date CV - because you never know when you might want to upload it onto Indeed or Jobsite . You will strip the bully of their power as soon as you let go of the concept that your CURRENT job is the be all end all to your existence. My advice? Go above and beyond within your role. Then the SECOND your 'superior' steps out of line, you say "HR can keep this months pay for all I care. If you condescend to me one more time I'm walking off the job" - this'll be sweeter if other potential employers have seen your CV online and are leaving you voicemails (yes, these job sites DO work.) Always have the deck stacked in your favour. Not just for situations like these, but also for when companies announce cut backs. Don't wait to be laid off, think ahead. *Side note, I'm not saying jack your job in. Just give yourself some power by creating the option.
  23. This is something very personal and it is very sad to lose someone whom you thought was a friend and could confide and trust in Perhaps you friend felt "scared off" and doesn't know how to communicate with you any more...or trying to process what you said? Give it time and if nothing changes then yes, move on. That friend was merely superficial and not worthy of your friendship any more
  24. collectingrocks

    Bullying in the workplace

    A question for the workers amongst us... If you are bullied or intimidated at work by your immediate supervisor/manager: How do you cope? Does your place of work have support systems in place to tackle such behaviour? Have you ever stood up to your perpetrator?
  25. collectingrocks

    Can an aspie succeed in the medical field?

    Don't let the medical field hold you back. I have worked in hospitals for over 25 years
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